The aim of the devotional bible study is to grow in the understanding and appreciation of motivational gift of the servant (also called “helper”).
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”
41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Note: in the reading of today’s Text we will focus on the character and motives of Martha the sister of Lazarus to better understand the motivational gifts of the servant / helper. This is one of the seven motivational gifts (also called “the gifts of the Father” according to 1 Corinthians 12:4-6) that each person is born with which drives his/her actions throughout his/her life.
- Servant/ helper motivated people generally have the following characteristics. Can you recognize them in this example of Martha? Comment and give verse references from the Scripture above.
- They demonstrate love by meeting practical needs.
- The can easily identify what needs to be done to make things work.
- They find fulfilment in working with their hands.
- They enjoy showing hospitality.
- They thrive in short term tasks such as meetings or events.
- Servers prefer completing tasks by themselves rather than delegating it to others.
- They are good followers of leaders and good supporters of a vision.
- They are selfless and will adapt their schedules to better serve someone.
2. In this account Martha was frustrated with her sister (and even with the Lord himself) – why? What does that suggest of a potential weakness in server motivated people?
- Looking at Martha as an example of a server / helper gifted person – what should a person with this motivational gift be cautious of before taking on another serving opportunity? What would you counsel such a person on a regular basis?
- Considering the characteristics listed in Observation question 1 above, why do we consider servant motivated people as “gifts from God the Father”? i.e. how do they benefit me, you and the world around us?
Application and Prayer
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- Are you a strong server/ helper motivated person? Considering this example of Martha:
- What are you grateful for about your gift, which you must cherish?
- What must you be cautious about in your interactions with others? [hint: have you learned to say “no”?]
- Thank God for how he made you, and pray that you may not grow weary in doing good, that he would strengthen and remind you to do what you do joyfully, and that he will help you to maintain your priorities and not live as a man-pleaser seeking applause, but one who serves Christ expecting his reward.
- Who do you know that are strongly servant / helper motivated?
- Thank them for their good influence in your life – for their selfless service and hospitality, challenging you to be more like Christ.
- Thank God for them and their influence for the good in your life. Pray that God will bless with even greater humility and endurance to serve well, and that God will build a hedge around them and their family and devotional times so that they may not be burned out in their serving.